Hurricane Sandy has changed the plans for the 2012 New York City Marathon, but the race will go on, in part as a rallying point for the city's recovery plans.
Now termed a "Race to Recover", the organizers of the event and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have made it very clear that the marathon will be held Sunday in the wake of a hurricane that left dozens dead and millions without power. Since the storm's Monday landfall, the city has been steadfast in saying the event would be held. The race has organized a fund for hurricane donations and will donate a symbolic $26.20 dollars for every runner -- a figure that adds up to over $1 million.
Although the race will still be held Sunday, the Friday night opening ceremony and Saturday 5K have been cancelled as those in charge scramble to put together the logistics of the race in a city still dealing with the damage from the storm. Initially, it was announced that there would be "substantial modifications to the logistics and operations of the race", but it appears the course of the race will remain the same.
The race will begin with the men's wheelchair division at 8:30 a.m., with the last start time for runners at 10:55. Professional women will begin running at 9:10 a.m., with men at 9:40 a.m.
The marathon has allowed runners to cancel without a fee due to the difficulty of getting to New York, and has extended number pickup for runners at the expo until 10 p.m. the night before the race.